Looking for suggestions (new site)

Discussion in 'MyBB' started by andrew3d, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. andrew3d

    andrew3d Aspirant

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    Take a look at my new site, just starting, and give me all the constructive criticisms you can. I have thick skin so don't hold back. I want to learn as much as possible from others who may have much more mybb experience. I am eager to share links with other hunting and dog forums. Thanks in advance.

    www.rabbitdawgs.com
     
  2. The Sandman

    The Sandman Administrator

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    I think it has potential. First thing I'd do is put a sold background behind all the areas that have words on them.
     
  3. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Tazmanian

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    I thought this said Drugs.

    I'd make the Title of your forum clear to read more than stylish.

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    The outline of this font is ugly.

    It also doesnt zoom well.

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    If the focus of your forum is dogs that catch rabbits ...

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    I might go for rabbit-dogs.com vs misspelled dawgs.

    Probably doesnt matter.

    What is your competition ?
    Any Facebook groups ?
     
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  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Tazmanian

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    I think people decide about your site quite quickly. If they can't even tell what it is about .... they probably just close the window.

    When I see your site
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    I see the bunny and I think it's about Rabbits.
    I guess I think your site is about Rabbit Drugs.

    Maybe a small tagline would help.
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    And how about a picture of a dog.

    Is your site mostly about Rabbits or Dogs ?
     
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  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Tazmanian

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    Only first time admins have this many forums. :)

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    Try to have way less forums .... like 5.
    I think have one forum where all the content is ....
    Once you have 10 pages of threads ..... and 50 members ... make new forums if desired.

    Empty and inactive forums are depressing.


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    I think you should start with 4 forums.
    RabbitDawgs
    Contests
    Marketplace
    Site News

    in that order.
     
  6. cornnfedd

    cornnfedd Captain Futurama

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    Share Videos Here
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    Share Photos Here

    should be 1 topic, Share Photos and Video Here

    remove the contests section, and just have it as a global announcement each month when you run a new competition.
     
  7. Sal Collaziano

    Sal Collaziano Womanizer

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    This forum is shut down already?
     
  8. ozzy47

    ozzy47 Tazmanian Veteran

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    It would seem so, that was short lived!

     
  9. Sal Collaziano

    Sal Collaziano Womanizer

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    The design looked kinda nice...
     
  10. Nasyr

    Nasyr Aspirant

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    This type of forum had potential, just because there is a similar established forum out there didn't mean you had to close the doors.
    Reopen them and make it a more local forum to a specific place such as England or whatever and make content related to the region.
     
  11. Ash

    Ash Participant

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    Did you close down because you had trouble paying for hosting or was it because you gave up on the forum?
     
  12. andrew3d

    andrew3d Aspirant

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    I took over the site I did not want to compete against.
    The advice received here for the first attempt still applies 100 percent.
    I see it is as a boring site so far. I need to make some significant changes.
    I converted the site from websitetoolbox. I wrote my own SQL script. I was an Oracle programmer for years so it was very similar in syntax, etc.
    It is still structured the way it was when I took it over. Only difference is I converted to MYBB and new skins.
    So could we reset this, and perhaps everyone would agree to look again. Feel free to be critical with suggestions because I need them. Thanks,

    See the site at www.straightupthemiddle.com


    I should add the site is about hunting rabbits with beagles, and also for supporting those who compete with beagles in AKC field trials.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
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